Ivey Deep in Mixed Max, in Search of Tenth Bracelet; 29 Remain in PLO

Phil Ivey is one of 16 players left in the €5,300 Mixed Max Event, with bracelet number 10 in his sights. (Thomas Keeling photo)

Phil Ivey is one of 16 players left in the €5,300 Mixed Max Event, with bracelet number 10 in his sights. (Thomas Keeling photo)

The pace is starting to pick up a bit in Enghien-les-Bains, and even if we haven’t quite reached a fever pitch yet it was a busy Day 5 at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe.

Among the day’s highlights were a young Swede finding gold at the first open event final table, the start of the first non-Hold’em tournament of the series and a certain Mr. Ivey in search of some rarified air in poker’s record books.

€5,300 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em

Five players joined the fray before the start of Day 2, including Mohsin Charania and Faraz Jaka, to push the total field to 140 and the remaining field to 72. That number was quickly cut in half and it seemed as if it wasn’t going to take very long to reach the money. As that magic number of 16 lingered, the one that would put all of the remaining players in the money and send them on to Day 3, play slowed significantly.

The bubble was eventually reached, and after some tense moments for the short stacks Marcin Wydrowski would go out in 17th. That left a stellar group of players making up the final 16, with Noah Schwartz (262,000) bagging up the chiplead, followed by Shannon Shorr (252,000), Jason Mann (232,500) and James Dempsey (193,500). There’s also a pair of current November Niners in Mark Newhouse and Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, a 2013 bracelet winner in Nikolaus Teichert, and several other accomplished pros like Joe Kuether and Dan O’Brien, but the biggest name of all belongs to the man who currently sits in 10th place.

Appropriately enough, the number 10 has a significant meaning to Phil Ivey right now as he tries to reach some rarefied air on the all-time WSOP bracelet list. Ivey currently sits at nine bracelets after his Mixed Game victory earlier this year at WSOP Asia-Pacific, and if he can wade through this minefield he’d join poker legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan with 10 bracelets. Only Phil Hellmuth would be ahead of him.

Ivey still has some significant hurdles to clear before he reaches that sacred ground. The final 16 players will transition into four Four-Max tables and play until there are just four souls left standing. Those four will be seeded by chip count and play it out in two rounds of heads-up matches. While Ivey would like to make some history, they’re all playing for the coveted hardware, along with the €188,160 ($254,373) first place price. It all gets back underway at 1 pm local time.

2013 WSOP Europe €5,300 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em – End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Noah Schwartz – 262,000
  2. Shannon Shorr – 252,000
  3. Jason Mann – 232,500
  4. James Dempsey – 193,500
  5. Joe Kuether – 179,500
  6. Dan O’Brien – 162,000
  7. Ville Mattila – 160,000
  8. Mark Newhouse – 143,000
  9. Nikolaus Teichert – 110,000
  10. Phil Ivey – 90,500

€1,650 Pot Limit Omaha

The first four days of poker at the 2013 WSOPE were all Hold’em, all the time, but the first of two Pot Limit Omaha events got underway early Tuesday afternoon. By the close of registration 184 players had gotten into the fray, but the frenetic pace that’s customary to PLO reduced that number to just 29.

Ryan Chapman put together a tremendous day of poker, taking his starting stack of 4,500 and multiplying it by more than 20 times by the time the bags came out to finish the day with 96,600. Jan-Peter Jachtmann, the winner of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha at the 2012 WSOP, is second with 69,900, followed by poker heavyweights Fabrice Soulier (63,400), Jason Mercier (46,700) and Jeremy Ausmus (39,400). Other notables in the field include Jonathan Little, Mohsin Charania, Casey Kastle, Dan Kelly, Tommy Vedes, Juha Helpi, Mike Watson and Max Pescatori.

After an incredibly consistent summer, Kelly is still a darkhorse contender in the WSOP Player of the Year race, though he’d have to win this event before he’d become a serious threat. Both Matt Ashton and Daniel Negreanu, the top two players in that race, are running out of chances to add to their totals after busting from this tournament on Day 1, and with November Niners Newhouse and McLaughlin in the hunt for the Mixed Max title there could be a serious monkey wrench thrown into the works in the next few days.

Play resumes at 1 pm local time Wednesday, and they’ll almost certainly reach a final table of nine by the end of play on Day 2.

2013 WSOP Europe €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha – End of Day 1 Chip Counts

  1. Ryan Chapman – 96,600
  2. Jan-Peter Jachtmann – 69,900
  3. Fabrice Soulier – 63,400
  4. Jason Mercier – 46,700
  5. Jeremy Ausmus – 39,400
  6. Yohann Aube – 38,100
  7. Jonathan Little – 36,700
  8. Michael Schwartz – 35,900
  9. Mariov Denishev – 34,300
  10. Martin Kozlov – 32,500

€1,100 No Limit Hold’em w/ Re-Entries

The first open event of the 2013 WSOPE quickly wound towards a close Tuesday, taking just five-and-a-half hours for the final table to play out. 21-year-old Henrik Johansson of Sweden, playing his first ever live tournament, ran through the competition on his way to the bracelet and $175,017.

Looking Ahead…

In addition to the four-handed portion of the Mixed Max (Event 3) and Day 2 of the Pot Limit Omaha (Event 4) a new tournament, €2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Event 5), will get underway Wednesday at 12 pm local time (6 am ET). It’s the fifth of eight bracelet events on the schedule at WSOPE. Johansson will receive his bracelet and the Swedish national anthem will be played at 3 pm Wednesday.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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